added: 28 May 2012
// release date: 28 May 2012 // label: Fat Possum Records
reviewer: Dan MacIntosh
Crocodiles may be from San Diego, California, but there is good reason to believe the group’s name was inspired by Echo & the Bunnymen’s epic album, Crocodiles. One hears many sonic echoes of that ‘80s favorite on Endless Flowers.
This album’s title track is, perhaps, its most Echo & the Bunnymen moment of all. It features a tragically sad lead vocal over a propulsive electric guitar groove. Bring on the dancing horses, but don’t forget the singing Crocodiles!
This act was a noise pop band when it first began, but this album finds it leaning closer, ever closer, to pure pop these days. The fantastically titled “Bubblegum Trash” also shows the act’s The Jesus and Mary Chain influence. It doesn’t have that act’s severe guitar feedback driving it. However, it is pop music that is extremely rough around the edges, which is what we’ve always loved about J&MC. When they sing about how a girl’s utter sweetness can rot his teeth, it’s a lyrical magic moment. The track is driven by quivering guitars, snotty vocals and just a touch of organ. In a perfect world this would be a huge hit.
Another highlight is “Welcome Trouble,” which mixes psychedelic elements with a Stone Roses feel. “Welcome Trouble” is just another example of how completely inspired Crocodiles sound on this effort. Unlike too many albums on the market, where there are a couple of standout tracks hidden within a whole lot of filler, Endless Flowers carries with it endless aural pleasures, song after great song.
Crocodiles may never give Maroon 5 a run for their money on the pop charts. These players have a twisted viewpoint on what makes a pop record great, and their perspective is only shared by equally twisted folks. From the twistee vantage point, a little noise in the mix only enhances the melody. But in an alternate universe, where songs like “Bubblegum Trash” are top ten, Crocodiles would rule.
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